Dan Herron is thankful for help Saturday after winds ripped parts of his store’s siding off and blew out the glass windows.
The Music Store owner in McAlester said about 20 people rushed to help sweep up glass, clean debris, and retrieve drum set pieces that had been blow down the street by severe winds Saturday morning.
“I’m just amazed at how many people turned up in just a short time,” said Herron.
Herron has owned The Music Store for 11 years and been in the building on South Main Street for the past four years. About 120 students take music lessons at the shop each week — some of which came to help pick up the pieces.
Herron said he was devastated to see the damage when he arrived, but he got help soon from friends and students.
“I just want to say ‘thanks’ to everybody that showed up to help,” Herron said. “I’m just overwhelmed at all the help.”
Karen Bitely said she was at her hair salon a couple of buildings north along Main Street when the winds hit.
She said she saw parts of the roof and drum set pieces being blown down the street.
“It sounded like a freight train,” Bitely said.
Pittsburg County Emergency Management officials urged anyone who suffered damage from the storms to call 918-423-5655.
"We are currently assessing damage from today’s storms. If you have sustained damage to your home or business in Pittsburg County, please call 918-423-5655 to report this damage," officials said in an emailed statement. "Please do not approach downed power lines. You must assume they are live power lines. Call PSO 888-216-3523 or call 911."
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